Letter From the Publisher

March 2017

Over the years, I have learned just how important nutrition is and how it affects our health and state of mind. A little more than a decade ago, I began experiencing health issues, which I later discovered turned out to be directly related to what I was putting in my body. It’s interesting how even the slightest food allergy can wreak havoc on our system and cause inflammation, resulting in unnecessary pain and suffering.

Knowing how desperate I was to gain an understanding as to why I was experiencing joint pain, swelling and a host of other ailments, a very dear friend of mine encouraged me to visit a naturopath. After spending more than three hours at his office, I left with a sense of personal empowerment. I was convinced my body was capable of healing itself through proper nutrition and supplements. Within a month of implementing my nutrition plan, I was 100 percent pain- and symptom-free and felt better than I had in years. This life-changing experience also piqued my desire to learn as much as possible about alternative forms of healing.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates

I’m excited and proud to bring you this month’s issue, which I believe provides the perfect jumpstart to your own personal healing journey. “Fearless Eating—How to Move Past Food Sensitivities,” by Kathleen Barnes, and “Dr. Joseph Mercola on Simple Steps to Well-Being,” by Judith Fertig, are just two of the numerous articles that shed light on why it’s a good idea to draw members for your customized healing team from those you meet monthly in these pages.

Natural Awakenings is the ideal vehicle to share healthy-living information with those in our community, and I am truly grateful to all of our advertisers that make this publication possible each month.

Peace and Love,

Jeannette Draper, Publisher